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10:15 AM ET, October 18, 2007

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Cyberwar: China Declares War On Western Search Sites  —  Further to our earlier story on visitors to Google Blogsearch being redirected to Baidu in China, new reports have surfaced that would indicate that China has unilaterally blocked all three major search engines in China and is redirecting all requests to Baidu.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Baidu Hijacking Google Traffic In China  —  Google has done it hard in China.  Confined to acting within both local laws and US copyright laws it has failed to take the lead in a market that will have more broadband users that the United States in the next 12-18 months.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Did Dalai Lama Award Cause China To Redirect Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Search Traffic To Baidu?  —  Reports have been coming in that people trying to reach Google, Yahoo and Microsoft from within China or via Chinese ISPs are being redirected to Baidu.  —  Some have accused Baidu of hijacking …
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Made in China: Dodging the Internet Censor
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and Slashdot
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg opens the Web 2.0 conference in Q&A with John Batelle  —  John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly opened the Web 2.0 asking a question, "Is this a bubble?"  Few folks raised their hands in the ballroom of the Palace Hotel.  But this is the land of the faithful.
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Facebook Frenzy?  Not So MySpace AND LinkedIn Fast  —  Poor MYSpace?  Playing catchup to Facebook, so goes conventional blogosphere "counterstrike" wisdom.  —  Irrelevant LinkedIn?  Fighting off extinction due to Facebook, so goes conventional blogosphere "death" wish wisdom.  —  NOT SO BLOGGER FAST!
Discussion: WebProNews
BBC:   MySpace opens door to developers
Bruce Meyerson / Business Week:
Skype Goes Mobile  —  Skype's new cell phone will deliver mobile access to its service.  The beleaguered carrier hopes to jump-start revenues overseas  —  Bit by bit, big names in the computing world are barging into the cell-phone business.  First came Apple's (AAPL) game-changing iPhone.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Skype To Launch Own Mobile Phone
Discussion: SMS Text News and blognation USA
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Counterstrike: Murdoch, DeWolfe Announce MySpace Platform and New Privacy Controls  —  Rupert Murdoch and MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe announced some of their plans around the MySpace Platform (rumored since last week) this evening at the Web 2.0 conference during a Q&A with John Battelle.
Matt / Gravatar Blog:
Automattic Acquires Gravatar  —  The best ideas are often the simplest.  (At least in hindsight.)  The idea of globally-recognized avatar, or Gravatar, struck me from the first time I heard it.  Of course I should be able to have my avatar wherever I go!  Of course email is a great way to key it!
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Startups Should Team Up to Grow
Discussion: Stealthmode Partners
Thomas S. Mulligan / Los Angeles Times:
Viacom to offer all clips of 'Daily Show' online  —  Switching gears, it will provide free views of the program in a bid to generate ad revenue.  —  NEW YORK — Media giant Viacom Inc. is suing YouTube Inc., but it's also taking lessons from the online video service.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon lays out upcoming smartphone lineup; Samsung i760 comes first  —  No surprises in the mix here, but we're delighted to see that Verizon is finally getting official with four smart devices that have been rumored to be in its pipeline for ages.  Of the four, only the i760 from Samsung's …
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
EBay posts $936-million loss  —  Its $936 million in red ink stems largely from a write-down of the online calling service.  —  EBay Inc. dialed up a steep third-quarter loss Wednesday, as the accounting effect of paying too much for the Skype Internet calling service offset strong growth …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's U.S. Mac market share rises to 8.1 percent in Q3  —  Apple Inc.'s share of the U.S. personal computer market for the third calendar quarter of 2007 was 8.1 percent, up from 6.2 percent during the same period one year ago, according to preliminary results released from Gartner on Wednesday.
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MacNN:   Apple takes 3rd in US PC sales with 6.3% marketshare
Reuters:
Sony to sell new 40GB PlayStation 3 in U.S.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, NEWS , Research) will launch a cheaper model of its PlayStation 3 in the United States, hoping to attract more buyers as it goes up against rival game consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo this holiday.
Interwoven Inc.:
Interwoven To Acquire Website Optimization Pioneer Optimost  —  Combination of Interwoven's Content Management Solutions with Optimost's Multivariable Testing and Optimization Solution Helps Organizations Maximize Online Business Performance  —  Interwoven, Inc. (NASDAQ: IWOV) …
BBC:
Mobile use backed on planes  —  Passengers could soon be using their mobile phones on planes flying through European airspace.  —  Plans have been developed across EU countries to introduce technology which permits mobile calls without risk of interference with aircraft systems.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Karen Wickre: Mother Of The Google Blog On Google's Official Blogging  —  When Google launched the Official Google Blog back in 2004, it started as sort of a ho-hum event.  There wasn't anything particularly gripping, and some wondered if the company should be more edgy with its posts.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
 
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Reuters:
Senator goes after cell phone fees, contracts
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
Viacom Says The Google Suit Is Still On
Seeking Alpha:
eBay Q3 2007 Earnings Call Transcript
Discussion: paidContent.org
Reuters:
Sex, Nazi, burrito and Viagra: Who Googles what?
Discussion: Search Engine Land and The 463
Business Week:
Best Buy ends sales of analog TVs
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot
Bloomberg:
AT&T May Buy EchoStar Within Year, Citi Analyst Says
Discussion: DailyTech and Deal Journal
Tony Smith / The Register:
Orange's Apple deal to bear unlocked iPhones
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
First Look: The AT&T Tilt Smart Phone
 Earlier Items: 
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
Checking Out Tomorrow's Library
Discussion: A Feed Is Born
Oliver Starr / blognation USA:
Nokia's N810: A Closer Look
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Apple to Open iPhone Programming to Outsiders
Discussion: VoIP Watch
DigiTimes:
LG.Philips LCD to launch ultra-slim 42-inch full HD 120Hz panel in 2008
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Review: Ubuntu's New 'Gutsy Gibbon' Brings Linux Out of the Jungle
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Be careful what you wish for  —  The bad news for the newspaper …
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Apple OS X Leopard: A beautiful upgrade
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Screenshots Out for Microsoft Office Live Workspace